Name: Thomas SHIELS
Given Name: Thomas
Birth: 8 AUG 1861 in Lauder,Berwick,Scotland
Change Date: 7 SEP 2011 at 09:12:53
First Presbyterian Church
Before the Presbyterian church was officially organized, its members worshiped with other denominations in the Union church, at Washington and Live Oak streets. In November 1888 a group of nineteen Presbyterians under the leadership of Rev. J.C. Grow, organized the first church and continued to worship at the Union church. This was a venture in faith and ministers were supplied by home missions of the Presbytery in Paris.
The nineteen charter members of the First Presbyterian Church, in 1888, were: Messrs. and Mmes. George Carmack, J.R. Carmack, W.J. Taylor, G.G. Lindsey, Thomas Shiels, J.Y. Hall, Miss Lucy Hall, Mmes. F.D. Cornelius, Sallie Carmack Lindsey, W.W. Rutland, and Nancy Elizabeth Maloney. The first elders were G.G. Lindsey, J.R. Carmack, and J.Y. Hall. W.J. Taylor was deacon.
Having outgrown the old building in 1912, the congregation began construction of the present building on the corner of Monroe and Caddo streets. It was completed in 1913.
The church members are proud of the eighteen stained glass windows of the building. While these windows reflect the time past, they grow in beauty with each passing year," the church historian has written. Some were a part of the original church built in 1913 and are memorials to early church members: Nancy Elizabeth Maloney; Henry C. Barker; Alfred Whitfield Wilson; Rev. J.C. Grow, the first pastor; James Carmack; Robert Morgan Scaff; Charles William Rush; Charles Forest Rush; Thomas Shiels; and "Grandma Conder." Other windows were gifts of various classes.
Thomas Shiels of Commerce and Leonard, Texas was the brother of Alexander Shiels, and the National Heritage house in Dallas was his. Thomas was asked to come back to Scotland to manage the new factory. His mother wrote to him after visiting him herself in Texas -and seeing the St Louis World's Fair: "I can scarcely understand all that is taking place, surely it is the work of the Lord...I think I told you of the new works that were being started in Dumbarton. They are "Secret" patents and Alex being the only one in full possession of the Secrets, must have a Nominee - so he thought you were the right man to get the preference and no doubt the Lord in his great wisdom and mercy has planned it for you. You will have no work, only to see orders carried out. The Company is composed of very wealthy gentlemen. Such as the Dennys... It seems all too great to grasp...It is a big concern and a great deal of money involved in it. What great things Our Heavenly Father has done and is doing for us as a family."
Tom came over to Scotland but did not stay long and returned to Texas.
The Shiels family was notable for sudden death. Alexander's father, his sister Ellen, his mother, Alexander himself. Finally, in America, many years later, Thomas died suddenly in a shooting accident.
Father: Alexander SHIELS b: ABT 1818
Mother: Elizabeth THOM(P)SON b: ABT 1838 in Swinton (Berwicks) Scotland
- Adelia SHIELS b: ABT 1885